The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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Star Spangled to Death
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swac said...

Appropos of nothing...I was watching the extras on my Russ Meyer Vixen laserdisc box set this morning.

Ivan G. said...

Stephen -- This is way, WAY off topic...but I just received my DVD copy of Call Northside 777 today, and included in it is a flyer that announces that Nightmare Alley--in addition to House of Bamboo and Kiss of Death--is coming to DVD in June.

swac said...

Yeah, I heard about Nightmare Alley, the same week I ordered it from 5MinutesToLive.

Oh well...I also bought The Friends of Eddie Coyle, which makes it a cinch that long-desired classic will get a release from Paramount (hey, they put out Goodbye Columbus...why not something people actually want?)

Rob said...

Poor Stanton Carlisle, he was fated for the worst the Gods could mete out. Yahoo!!!! Nightmare Alley is gonna be out! And House of Bamboo, with Ryan's queasily nasty performance. This is wonderful news!